>good question... i bet these musicians in the bands, know >each other. and word goes around....who's good, what works.. >etc. Im sure these cats have to be inspired by the roots. they >started it, if they say not theyre lying
I thought that it was Stetsasonic that were the first to have a band in a hip-hop group.
It is quite possible that those rappers are inspired by The Roots, though.
Or maybe they just like live instrumentation like the rest of us.